January

30

2019

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

By Jim Bell CEO, Siloam Mission Every year, more people are coming to us for help. The numbers don’t lie – there is a very real homelessness crisis in Winnipeg. Most who end up at our door struggle with unimaginable trauma, leading to mental breakdown, unemployment, loss of health and the will to fight any […]

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January

30

2019

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January

21

2019

Let’s Talk About Winter

By Jim Bell, CEO – Siloam Mission Cold weather means trouble for those experiencing homelessness. Given that we’re in the thick of it right now, let’s talk about winter. Even though Siloam Mission’s year-round Clothing Room offers donated items such as coats, mitts, socks, and toques free of charge to those who need, we all […]

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January

21

2019

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January

16

2019

For everything there is a season

John White fondly remembers a childhood marked by a love of hockey, art and writing. “In Grade 7, I came in third in all of Canada in writing,” he says. “I used to get up and help the teacher teach writing.” But John’s story is also marked by things he was forced to leave behind, […]

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January

16

2019

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October

25

2018

Mental Health & Housing go hand-in-hand

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission In my neighbourhood there used to be an elderly lady who would walk the streets with a rickety cart she pulled behind her. We would spot her at almost all hours of the day, her cart overflowing with plastic garbage bags. She would fill them up with stuff she […]

October

25

2018

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September

24

2018

What does success look like?

By Jim Bell, Siloam Mission CEO How do you measure success? I’ve thought about this question frequently over the past several years — and I used to think I had the answer. There’s a saying in the sports world that “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” I believe that to be a Vince Lombardi […]

September

24

2018

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August

10

2018

Manitoba rallies around people – could be national leader in ending homelessness

By: Jim Bell, Siloam Mission CEO It’s been said Manitoba is the hardest place to get someone to move to — and also the hardest place for someone to leave. I believe it. While the prairies aren’t usually known for their majestic landscapes or cosmopolitan urban hubs, our province has much to offer. Raising a […]

August

10

2018

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July

10

2018

Jobs provide dignity and purpose

By: Jim Bell, Siloam Mission CEO Do you remember your first job — the one you put on the resume to prove you had at least some experience when applying for a better position later on? Maybe it was detailing cars in the summer. Or stocking shelves at a grocery store. Or scooping ice cream […]

July

10

2018

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June

02

2018

Begin at the beginning

By: Jim Bell, Siloam Mission CEO How can we end homelessness in Winnipeg? It’s one of the most frequent questions I get asked. For a long time I didn’t have a clear answer. So I would reply by saying homelessness is a complex issue; that there are no easy solutions. I would say most people […]

June

02

2018

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May

09

2018

What do football and homelessness have in common?

By: Jim Bell, Siloam Mission CEO More than you might think. Let me explain. In my days working for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, I would often see our coaches scheme for the next game by studying the opponent. Armed with a whiteboard and footage of past games, they would analyze how much of a nuisance […]

May

09

2018

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April

12

2018

What gives us dignity

By: Jim Bell, Siloam Mission CEO What gives you dignity? There was a time, not too long ago, that I would have had an easy answer to the question. Dignity is having a home, a job, family that loves you and friends who care about you. But after spending a year listening to men and […]

April

12

2018

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